Jennifer Jay Worley completed her final marathon, and it had nothing to do with running this time. Jennifer, beloved daughter of Patricia Worley, dearest sister to Toby Worley, sister-in-law to Liz Worley, aunt to Lauren and Gillian Worley, passed away on Sunday, July 12 in Calgary, her hometown of many years.
Jennifer was predeceased by her beloved father Sheridan Worley, and her brother Cam Worley.
Jennifer was a cherished friend to many. She kept us laughing with her quick wit and hilarious impersonations. Jennifer grew up in Cranbrook, B.C., before heading off to Lethbridge Community College. She graduated from Journalism and started her career at the Lethbridge Herald. Always adventurous, she moved to Calgary, working at the Calgary Sun and then the Calgary Herald. She went back to school at the age of 39 and received her Bachelor of Design from ACAD. She spent the last decade of her life working at the Calgary Herald where she used her skills as both a journalist and designer to bring readers some of the paper’s most popular pages. Jennifer was also a beautiful skier who could make a black diamond run look like the bunny hill. And she loved to travel, exploring Europe, the Far East, Canada`s west coast, Mexico and the U.S. She also loved to shop, making it almost a profession in itself. And anyone who’s been in her backyard knows she had a green thumb. Jennifer also had a passion for reading, knitting, art and music. She loved to hike and bike, and was a focused and dedicated long distance runner completing every marathon she started, including Boston. Jennifer was strong, tough and brave. When she was diagnosed with cancer, it was another marathon for her. She was focused on what she had to do and settled in for the course. She was an inspiration and she never gave up. We lost Jennifer far too soon. It was not a race that she could win, despite her relentless determination to fight it, every second of every day for the past 20 months.
A celebration of Jennifer’s life will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015 with friends walking together in the annual Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope, followed by a tribute, Worley-style.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to: Ovarian Cancer Canada, 105B 1409 Edmonton Trail N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 3K8
www.ovariancanada.org Telephone 1-866-591-6622.
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